Georgia Prosecutor Fani Willis Opens Criminal Investigation Of Trump’s ‘Find Votes’ Call
Georgia prosecutors have formally indicated they are criminally investigating former President Donald Trump for his phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, in which Trump pressured him to “find votes” that would turn the election in his favor.
Prosecutor for Fulton County Fani Willis sent several letters to state officials, as well as Secretary of State Raffensperger, Tuesday asking they retain documents, or any information that may pertain to the Trump call. Willis’ letter said explicitly the investigation was criminal.
Willis’ letter comes days after Raffensperger’s own office said they would be investigating the Trump call as well, but not to pursue criminal charges.
Willis indicated that the state’s criminal investigation may also look into other instances where then-President Trump attempted to overturn the 2020 election.
While charges have not been named yet, legal experts and former prosecutors believe Trump’s call and other attempted election interferences may constitute criminal solicitation or conspiracy, which are felonies, as well as intentional interference with the performance of election duties, which is a misdemeanor.
Trump is also being investigated by New York prosecutors. Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, who is investigating if Trump knowingly committed tax fraud and other financial crimes in the state.
If Trump were to be convicted in Georgia or New York, he would not be eligible for a federal pardon. And, if Trump is tried in Atlanta or Manhattan, where he is being prosecuted, he would be facing jurors from the counties voted overwhelmingly for his opponent, Joe Biden, in November.
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